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MarineGrunt
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Dec 2, 2012, 10:43 AM

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I was browsing the local craigslist and came across a VW Jetta. It's a 2000 VR6 with 150k on it. It's looks to be in great shape for as old as it is but the guy thinks the engine is toast. A smaller car like that would be a great, cheap, little car for my wife to drive back and forth to work. He's asking $1000 but said he wants to get at least scrap price out of it. I'm guessing I could possibly get him down to around $600 or so. So, my question is, how difficult are Jettas to work on? Is it tough swapping or rebuilding the engine? This is kind of on a whim and not sure if I'd even do it but just curious. Or, maybe I could fix it up and make some money off it. Do you think it's worth the time and investment?

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Dec 2, 2012, 10:46 AM

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So, my question is, how difficult are Jettas to work on?


Well, they are easier than Saabs

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Dec 2, 2012, 10:51 AM

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Dang, you haven't even got the other things on your list done yet and you want to add more to it? LOL. Do you have A.D.D?

VW isn't too bad to work on. Parts are more expensive. The only time they become a nightmare is when you have to troubleshoot them using their funky datastream information layout on the manufacture side. Instead of giving a part or device a description they give it a number. The electrical track schematics are a huge pain to use and decipher also.

Other than that, they are pretty much like anything out there. Once you get familiar with them, they aren't too bad.

The VR6 is a strange animal, but seems to be a realiable engine. It's all the plastic coolant system and crankcase vapor seperator parts that seem to have problems.





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MarineGrunt
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Dec 2, 2012, 12:34 PM

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A.D.D? Nah, I just can't sit still and enjoy a challenge. I am bad about jumping around on projects though. You guys recommended not rebuilding the Venture's engine unless it blows, and I always listen to your advice, so I figured I just buy a cheap car that needs the engine rebuilt.

After getting the deal on the Sierra from craigslist I now have a habit of keeping my eye open. Work is slow for me right now so figure if I can substitute some income, why not. I guess I should finish up everything else first. I'm ready to put the van into gear but have been putting it off. I guess it's just time to close my eyes, cross my fingers, and go for it.

Here's a link to that Jetta link deleted I wouldn't want it but I think my wife would enjoy driving it as a work car. She'd probably think it's "cute". I probably won't end up getting it though. Here's an idea. I'll buy it, tow it to Florida if we go again in the summer and drop it off to a couple mechanics that are down there to fix. One of you will wake up in the morning with a Jetta sitting in your driveway. I'll be back in a week ready to drive it home.


(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Dec 2, 2012, 12:37 PM)


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Dec 2, 2012, 12:37 PM

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Come on MG, you gotta know you can't post that stuff.



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MarineGrunt
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Dec 2, 2012, 1:48 PM

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Sorry HT. Didn't even think about it. My bad. Just trying to make sure you're paying attention. Cool


(This post was edited by MarineGrunt on Dec 2, 2012, 1:55 PM)


Hammer Time
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Dec 2, 2012, 2:04 PM

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No problem.



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MarineGrunt
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Dec 2, 2012, 8:03 PM

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Well, the VW is gone. Probably a good thing. I think my wife would kill me if I started another long project especially since it's close to Christmas. I go and get into trouble from HT and I don't get to even look at the car. Cool


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Dec 2, 2012, 8:14 PM

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LOL ...... no biggie

I don't think you would have liked working on that anyway.



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MarineGrunt
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Dec 2, 2012, 8:31 PM

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If you don't think I would then I know I wouldn't. After working on this van so much I can't believe I was considering something even smaller. What was I thinking?!! I think from here on out I won't own anything but a truck, suv, or car older than me.


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Dec 2, 2012, 8:39 PM

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The parts prices and lack generic availability would have been part of that too.



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